Make your organization more agile by using IBM Event Streams !
November 05, 2020

Make your organization more agile by using IBM Event Streams !

Hanz van Aardt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Event Streams

Our company is currently in the process of implementing a messaging system - we develop event driven Microservices and needed an event streaming system based on Kafka which can address our needs. I reviewed IBM Event Streams and it is a great option. Event streams allows us to permanently store changes to domain objects in the form of events - the changes are then made available to various other services where they are materialized into certain solutions like Analytics, AI etc.
  • IBM Event Streams offers a Lite tier which makes it incredible easy to get started.
  • IBM Event Streams allows you to permanents persist / log events.
  • Other back-end services can subscribe to events the want to consume.
  • It will be great if the KSQL setup or some other type of stream manipulation technology comes bundled with IBM Event Streams.
  • Currently we service the African region as well and we would love a region in South Africa.
  • IBM Event Stream is surprisingly easy to get started with by providing a free Lite tier. This makes it easy to adopt.
  • At this point we are in the development phase so it's too early to speculate on long term costs but IBM Event Streams certainly has an excellent offering with great cost analysis tools which we will make use of as things progress.
We evaluated Confluent Cloud, Amazon MSK and self managed Kafka. Overall IBM Event Streams has the best documentation and the team backing it up has deep technical knowledge and advice.
The product was very user friendly and extremely easy to get started with. The documentation is excellent and the free tier makes it very easy to get started with without having to make deep or long term financial commitments.
I met with the support team and they have deep technical and development understanding of the needs and the problems which IBM Event Streams addresses. If you are looking for a product backed by a highly technical support team then IBM Event Streams is probably the best choice. I was specifically impressed by the level of technical understanding my support team demonstrated.

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IBM Event Streams is well suited for companies developing event driven Microservices. One of the biggest challenger with microservices is that your data gets distributed into little silos - event streaming (or better known as event sourcing) allows you to get a central source of truth in your event store. We are taking this approach with IBM Event Streams and it is well suited for building an event streaming / sourcing architecture.